Advanced Documentary Photo Essays

12 March 2016


The Impact Hub Birmingham
Walker Building
50 Oxford Street
United Kingdom

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Group Member£55.00 
RPS Member£60.00 
Non RPS Member£65.00 

This workshop is intended for those who have attended a previous Documentary Photo Essays workshop with Ali Baskerville. Places are limited to 10-12 and priority will be given to DG members.

This workshop is designed to give you the opportunity to develop your documentary story further. 

We will look at:

The use of multi media to support a piece; 

How we gather and record information;

Research methods;

Various editing platforms and outlets for work, whether it be a book or a website. 

There will be a one-on-one project review with Ali during the afternoon session and a closing session looking at images taken during your afternoon photoshoot.

Documentary photography is about the world around us and in this workshop we will improve skills to capture the elements needed to bring a story into realisation. The day will include conversations on current work and how to move the story forward.  Bring with you your laptop (we’ll have a couple of spare if you don't have one), edit software, portfolio of current project and importantly your cameras!  We will be going out and about in Birmingham for a couple of hours during the day.   Also bring information on those who have influenced you.   This does not have to be exclusively photographers, it could be an artist or even a family member.


Impact Hub Birmingham,

Walker Building

50 Oxford Street,

Digbeth, Birmingham,

B5 5NR

Time:   11.00-18.00

The Impact Hub ( is in the heart of Digbeth, close to both the Coach Station and Moor Street Railway Station.   There are lots of car parks in the area.

DG members don’t forget that there is a discount of £25 on any DG paid event in 2016 (one per member, per year).

If you’d like to book a place, or have any queries, then contact me at

About the Tutor:

Alison Baskerville is a photojournalist and documentary photographer.  She studied at Westminster University and has a MA in photojournalism.  Her career started in the RAF where she served for 12 years seeing active service in Bosnia and Iraq. It was whilst in Iraq that she became inspired to capture her surroundings on an old Nikon film camera and gave her the motivation and desire to change career paths and become a photojournalist.

She has built her portfolio up in a number of varied ways; documentary projects with charity organisations which exposed her to the rewarding challenges faced by those dedicated volunteers who give their time to others and to the opposite side of the spectrum.  She also provides imagery for news picture desks and undertakes commercial based commissions.

In 2012 Alison returned to Afghanistan to capture the lives of women on the frontline. This resulted in an exhibition in the Oxo Gallery in London and is now the subject of an ongoing long term project.  (



Opening times

The Impact Hub is open from 08.30-18.30 and catering facilities are on site. The workshop will run from 11.00-16.00

Cancellation policy

DG Refunds Policy: The Royal Photographic Society is a registered charity and the DG organisers are volunteers. The DG has adopted the following refunds policy in respect of events & activities organised by or on behalf of the Group as follows:- 1. In the case of events and activities where the charge for participation is £20 or less (per person), no refunds will be made where a person cannot participate for any reason outside the control of the DG. 2. In the case of events and activities where the charge for participation is more than £20 (per person), no refunds will be made where a person cannot participate for any reason outside the control of the DG unless:- a) the actual cost of the event or activity to the DG has been met by paying participants, and b) the reason for not being able to participate is one that is outside the control of the person in question, and c) notice in writing (email is acceptable) outlining the circumstances for non-participation is given to the DG no later than seven clear days before the start of the event or activity. 3. In any case, the DG will only refund the sum paid (per person) and will not compensate for any consequential costs that may have been incurred, such as travel, accommodation, refreshments or subsistence. 4. A condition of payment for DG events or activities charges is that this policy is accepted. 5. In the event of dispute the DG Treasurer’s decision is final.

Hearing and access requirements

To follow on confirmation from The Hub

Mo Connelly
Email the event organiser

Region: CentralGroup(s): Documentary, Travel